southern gothic death cult

Big John Bates weaves a sound described as ”heavy-hearted cello, weeping upright and come-hither guitars”. Considering John’s career started as a founder and singer/songwriter for metal legends Annihilator (Alison Hell, Never, Neverland), it’s safe to say no one saw this dark train coming. With vocals by both upright bassist Brandy Bones and guitarist Big John Bates, they create a southern gothic landscape drowned in atmosphere and resurrected in fire. The band also features percussionist JT Massacre and cellist Leanne Laboucher creating an awe-inspiring, bass-contorting, stage-jumping, sparks-a-flying live performance to pull your heart into your gullet. Chase it with a dirty shot of whiskey.

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2014 NYE Vancouver

HEY there! Got yer Xmas gift right here!! BIG JOHN BATES is playing NYE at the Railway in Vancouver with Reverend Heathen Strangefellow & The Vaudeville Vagabonds plus our pals Devil In the Wood Shack. It’s like $15 advance, $20 at the door – you can’t find a wicked New Year’s for that price anywhere […]

9 Dec, 2014 bigjohnbates

Summer 2014 – Dynamite Magazine Review (Germany)

In another life he was singer and founding member of Canadian Thrash Metal band Annihilator, since then Big John Bates has played Blues, Garage, Americana, Billy, Trash – just flat-out Rock’n’Roll. And it seems he’s finally found his place. Whether Big John Bates is with Brandy Bones Bates or with the burlesque show Voodoo Dollz […]

9 Oct, 2014 bigjohnbates

Tour Dates – Nov 13 to Dec 6

It’s been two years since we’ve had the band touring in North America but the time was right when our friends in White cowbell asked us to play with them for their 15th Anniversary tour (who could say no to Chainsaw Charlie?!). We’ve put together a stellar new set that’s gonna blow the door off […]

22 Sep, 2014 bigjohnbates